Should I Stop Paying And Take My Chances?
May 4, 2012
I was informed last week that my son who will be 19 in July left college at the end of January. I contacted the CSA and gave them this information asking them to close the case. They said that all they could do was check with the Child Benefit people and my ex wife and come back to me.
I rang them yesterday for a progress report and I was told that my ex said that my son was still at college and child benefit was still in place so I had to carry on paying…….. The thing is, the information was given to me direct by the college. I rang them myself asking when my son’s course was due to end and they told me it already had on the 27th of January.
The Tutor I spoke to also said and quote…. “But don’t tell the family tax credit people because your money wont carry on till the end of term if you do”…..I also informed the CSA of this but they said the only thing I could do is report it as a suspected fraud but I had to carry on paying in the meantime. Apparently the only means they have of checking if a case is valid is by asking my Ex and seeing if Child benefit is in place. They have all these powers but are unable to and have no authority to check directly with the department of education. Since day one, I have never missed a beat on my maintenance, put up with years of grief caused by my ex wife and now I am being legally stolen from.
My Question is……..If I just stop paying does anyone think the CSA will spend a tonne of public money to come after me for The £800 I will pay between now and my sons 19th birthday? This may not be a lot to them but it certainly is to me………………Replies Welcome.